Massive ice melt in Himalayas raising concerns

by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

Picture 3 million Olympic-size swimming pools full of water.
That’s how much ice melts from glaciers in the Himalayas each year, a new studysuggests, and climate change is the primary cause.

Even more concerning is that the ice melt has doubled in recent years: Himalayan glaciers have been losing the equivalent of more than a foot and half of ice each year since 2000 – which is double the amount of melting that took place from 1975 to 2000.

“This is the clearest picture yet of how fast Himalayan glaciers are melting over this time interval and why,” said study lead author Joshua Maurer, a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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